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November 2, 2020 - May 15, 2021| Free Get Tickets
Streaming on CP4U Monday, November 2 – Saturday, May 15
Orphée et Eurydice: An Opera Film about Love and Loss in the Time of COVID
Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck
New English Translation by Andrew Albin
Directed by Timothy Nelson
Music Direction by Simone Luti
Benjamin Williamson (London), Orpheus
Paula Sides (London), Eurydice
Shenandoah University Conservatory Choir, Ensemble
Matthew Oltman, Chorus Master
Shenandoah Conservatory voice students collaborate with D.C.-based opera company IN Series in an unprecedented digital production of Orphée et Eurydice. Gluck’s revolutionary opera is the first in a trilogy of projects about love and loss in the time of COVID-19. Real-life husband and wife Benjamin Williamson and Paula Sides take on this story of love at the edge of life and death. The Conservatory Choir provided the exquisite other-worldly choruses that torment and console the film’s modern-day Orpheus as he struggles to cope with the death of his wife from an unnamed long-term illness. Recording in isolation booths, four at a time in the Ruebush Hall Recording Studio, their voices help drive Orpheus’ decent into deep despair and then turn to celebration as Orpheus reconciles his loss and finds a way to live with his grief.